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How Wearable Fitness Trackers Work: Smart Watches to Fitness Rings

Fitness trackers were first invented in 1965 by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano, while he was researching ways to combat obesity. He proposed that walking 10,000 steps a day would provide the correct balance of caloric intake and activity-based calorie expenditure to maintain a healthy bodyweight. Fitness trackers still tend to use 10,000 steps as a benchmark today. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of how fitness trackers actually work and how accurate they are. How are steps measured? A fitness tracker senses the movement of the body on a 3-axis accelerometer which tracks movement in every direction. Some trackers also come with a gyroscope to measure orientation and rotation, which is helpful in accounting for more complex motions. The altimeter...

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The Best Running Safety Gear

Running comes with a feeling of release and freedom, but as with any sport, it’s important to feel safe when doing so. The nights are beginning to get darker, which can make us feel a lot more vulnerable. We’ve created a list of some of the best running safety gear on the market to help keep you, and your loved ones, safe. Million Mile Light £12 Now we may be a little biased, but you really can’t beat the MML when it comes to safety lights. The MML is completely battery free, powered by kinetic energy, meaning it lights up when you move. It’s powered by even the slightest movement, so it works for everyone. As it’s battery free you...

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Training Habits of Top Athletes

There’s a lot we can learn from professional athletes. Most of us don’t have the time to implement a full-on training regime, but here are four simple habits that we can easily integrate into our daily routines, even if we’re not professionals. Be Consistent Iwan Gwyn Thomas is a Welsh sprinter who represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the 4x400m relay at the 1996 Olympic Games. In 1997 he won a World Championship gold. He credits his success to his consistency. After his first stint at the Olympics, he had a four-year gap to train for the next games. For those four years he trained consistently, rather than choosing to cut back on training for three years and then...

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What Is Mindfulness?

So, what actually is mindfulness? Mindfulness involves being fully engaged in the present moment, paying attention to your body, thoughts, and surroundings without judgment. It’s common to become engaged in obsessive thoughts, worrying about the past or future, which causes us to become anxious. That’s where mindfulness comes in, snapping us back to the present moment. This is something every human is able to do, it just takes practice. The aim of mindfulness is to: Become more self-aware Feel calmer Feel more equipped to deal with your thoughts Be kinder towards yourself There are three main types of mindfulness: Meditation, whether that be seated, standing, or moving Short pauses during our day-to-day life Combining meditation with activities, such as yoga...

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Mushroom Coffee – What is it and is it worth trying?

By now you’ve probably seen artful pictures of mushroom coffee populating your Instagram feed, but if you haven’t, here’s a quick intro. Mushroom coffee is a blend of ground mushrooms and coffee beans, which supposedly tastes pretty similar to regular coffee. Mushroom coffee tends to use medicinal mushroom extract as opposed to the culinary mushrooms you might be used to, like Portobello. The coffee is made by extracting the fruiting bodies of the mushroom which are compressed into an organic powder, free from additives. The mushrooms are then dehydrated and ground into a fine powder mixed with ground coffee beans. The most popular mushrooms used include: Chaga Lion’s Mane Reishi Cordyceps Chaga – The Chaga mushroom is a type of...

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